In the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, Stanford University was asked to assemble and deploy a team of four emergency physicians and four nurses to Port-au-Prince. The team estimated its needs, collected supplies and reached the stricken city on day five after the quake. As soon as the team arrived, it began treating the approximately 800 severely injured survivors gathered at Hôpital de l'Université d'État in Port-au-Prince, and subsequently cared for approximately 2,000 patients over the ensuing 12 days. In the following weeks, additional Stanford emergency physicians and nurses responded to continue to aid relief efforts.
The missions of the Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER) are to:
- develop well-trained medical response teams that rapidly deploy to disasters and humanitarian relief efforts worldwide
- conduct original research on the medical aspects of disaster preparedness, response, training, education, and recovery
- disseminate lessons learned by educating medical providers and laypersons